Residential Burn Information
What is Residential Burning?
Residential burning, door-yard burning, or home and yard burning is the disposal of wood waste and leaf litter from the property adjacent to a residence by burning it outdoors on the ground. You are required to call the Air District office at (530) 934-6500 or 1-800-446-2876 to find out if it is a burn day and to report what you are planning to burn. Burn day declarations are typically made 7 days a week by 8:45 am.
Please remember that using burn barrels and burning garbage are illegal and subject to Notices of Violation.
How is it Harmful to Your Health?
Residential waste burning is illegal and is a serious health problem for many people exposed to the toxic air pollutants found in the smoke. Immediate effects may include burning or itchy eyes, shortness of breath, and asthma attacks. Long-term effects may include respiratory disease, lung or immune system damage, cancer, and premature death. Infants, small children, the elderly, and people with ailments like asthma and emphysema are especially sensitive to the toxic compounds produced by burning household waste.